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3rd Thursday CLE Schedule:

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The Nuts & Bolts on Federal Sentencing Guidelines & Mitigation
Friday, December 15, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Jury Assembly Room, 7th Floor
Thomas S Foley U.S. Courthouse
920 West Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99210
 

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3rd Thursday Event: Thursday October 19th, 2017 12:00 - 1:00
Available at both the Spokane and Yakima Offices via video conference.

"CJA Panel Round Table Discussion "
Presented by Andrea K. George, Executive Director of FDEWI, and Peter S. Schweda, Attorney at Law and CJA Panel Representative for the Eastern District of Washington.

CJA Round Table discussion concerning CJA panel issues in our district in preparation of the upcoming CJA CLE scheduled for October 27, 2017.

Pete Schweda has been in private practice and active WSB member since 1977.

 

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3rd Thursday Event: Thursday September 21, 2017 12:00 - 1:00
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"Advocacy in Sentencing "
Presented by Jeff Dahlberg.

Jeff Dahlberg will discuss effective written advocacy at sentencing. This discussion will include what specific objections we can file prior to sentencing and how those objections can protect our clients’ rights in both the short and long term, as well as ideas for how to present a compelling and individualized analysis of the Section 3553(a) factors at sentencing.

Jeff Dahlberg is a Trial Attorney with the Yakima office of the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho. He has been with the office since October 2016. As a trial attorney, he represents indigent defendants accused of federal crimes including drug trafficking, immigration offenses, and firearms offenses. Before coming to the Federal Defenders, he spent two years as a law clerk to Judge Richard F. Boulware II, a federal district judge in the District of Nevada and former federal public defender. Jeff is originally from the east coast. He grew up in Virginia, attended college and worked as a special education teacher in North Carolina, and graduated from NYU School of Law.

 

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3rd Thursday Event: Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00 - 1:00
Available at both the Spokane and Yakima Offices via video conference.

"Ethics: Prosecutorial Misconduct."
Presented by Mark Vovos.

Mark E. Vovos will discuss the history of ethics in federal court, the legal obligations of federal prosecutors, identifying prosecutorial misconduct, and discuss potential remedies for ethical violations by prosecutors.

Mark Vovos was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1959. He received an athletic scholarship to St. Ambrose College for football and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in political science in 1963. He attended the University of Arizona and graduated cum laude from Gonzaga School of Law receiving a JD in 1968. He is an elected member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (1991), the American Board of Trial Advocates (1994) and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (1980). He is a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serves on the Washington State Bar Association Criminal Law Executive Board. He serves as an adjunct professor, teaching Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Gonzaga University School of Law.

 

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3rd Thursday Event: Thursday June 15, 2017 12:00 - 1:00
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"Fixing bail: Correcting common misconceptions in Court."
Presented by FDEWI Fellowship Trial Attorney Ben Flick.

Ben Flick is a fellowship trial attorney for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho. Before joining the Federal Defenders, he worked at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and clerked for the Honorable Alan Kay at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ben was finalist for the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Program. He earned a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

 

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3rd Thursday Event: Thursday April 20, 2017 12:00 - 1:00
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"Proposed Amendments to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines"
Join us in welcoming AFD. Guernsey. Alison Guernsey will discuss the proposed amendments to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, the likelihood that they will be promulgated, and how we can use those proposed amendments to argue for lower sentences right now.

Alison K. Guernsey is the Supervising Attorney for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho. She has been a trial attorney in that office since 2010. In that capacity, Ms. Guernsey represents indigent defendants accused of federal crimes in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Those crimes include financial fraud, drug trafficking, firearms, immigration offenses, and violent crimes occurring on federal and tribal land, among others. Prior to her employment at the Federal Defenders, Ms. Guernsey was a term law clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and the University of Michigan.

 

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3rd Thursday Event: Thursday March 23, 2017 12:00 - 1:00
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"Litigating Drug Cases and Sentencing from the Judicial Perspective"
Join us in welcoming the Hon. Stanley A. Bastian. Judge Bastian serves as a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Washington. He was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate on April 30, 2014.

Judge Bastian started his legal career in Seattle where he worked as both a public defender and prosecutor. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Ward Williams of the Washington State Court of Appeals, and then spent 25 years in private practice in Wenatchee. Judge Bastian served as President of the Washington State Bar Association in 2007-2008. Prior to taking the bench, he also served as State Chair for the Equal Justice Coalition for several years, as well as the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative from 2012 to 2014. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Judge Bastian graduated from the University of Oregon (B.S. History 1980), and attended law school at the University of Washington (J.D. 1983). He is married to Judge Alicia Nakata, who has served as a judge in Chelan County since 1994.

 

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3rd Thursday Event January 21, 2016 12:00 - 1:00
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"Interpreting and Analyzing CAD Information"
Join us as we welcome Emily Fulton a former dispatcher with Spokane County Sheriff's Department for 13 years. She is going to present on how to interpret and analyze CAD (computer aided dispatch) information between dispatcher and officer during a law enforcement contact. She will explain how a defense attorney may be able to use the cryptic data in the report to aid in filing a motion to suppress. She is also conversant in how to obtain the CAD reports and will discuss the public disclosure protocols and such to obtain the reports. 

 

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3rd Thursday Event February 18, 2016 12:00 - 1:00
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"Objecting to Supervised-Release Conditions:"
AFD Alison Guernsey will talk about the new standard conditions of supervised release; potential objections to those standard conditions, as well as other special conditions; and the traction that has been achieved in front of our district court judges in response to recent litigation regarding both the breadth and necessity of our standard conditions.

 

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3rd Thursday Event March 17, 2016 12:00 - 1:00
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3rd Thursday Event April 28, 2016 12:00 - 1:00
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Chief Justice Roberts has appointed the CJA Study Committee to study and make recommendations to the courts and congress on the operation of the CJA. The committee is seeking input from around the country. One of the most important issues is how well the panel attorney program is working and whether changes should be made. Attached are issues that go to panel program. I will gather your opinions and send them to the committee. You are also welcome to send the committee your input on your own. The CJA was last studied in 1993. That committee recommended changes that were adopted. Some, like more independence for the panel program, were not adopted but, further study was recommended. Now, 23 years later, more study is going on.

I hope you can make it. The meeting will take place at both the Spokane and Yakima federal defender offices via video conferencing.

Thanks, Pete
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